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Children at a station platform during their evacuation.

Children at a station platform during their evacuation.
Children at a station platform during their evacuation.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3099
Description: The evacuation of British cities at the start of the second World War was the biggest and most concentrated mass movement of people in Britain's history. In the first four days of September 1939, nearly three million people were transported from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombers to places of safety in the countryside. The majority were schoolchildren who had been labelled like pieces of luggage, separated from their parents and accompanied instead by 100,000 teachers.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1940
Credit line: Magpie Resource Library collection.
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